What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bryan

I am a Husband, a father, a physician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 6 children, 3 of whom are married. I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoors doing things like hiking, kayaking, sailing, camping, skiing. I also enjoy playing basketball, tennis, volleyball, and softball. I enjoy playing and listening to all kinds of music. I enjoy playing frisbee with my Australian Shepherd, Gideon. I enjoy capturing life and nature on my camera. I am a board certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine. I enjoy caring for patients in the hospital and in the out patient setting.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply stated, I believe the doctrines of the restored gospel. I am a fifth generation Mormon. However, I learned long ago I could not lean on ancestors to provide me faith. I needed to find out for myself. So as a young man I studied, pondered, prayed, and lived the precepts of the church and came to know for myself that what others had followed for generations was in fact true. I experienced what the prophet Alma describes as an experiment upon the words, I had been taught and exercised a particle of faith, That seed of faith was planted in my heart, and over time I discovered it was a true and good seed because the fruits were good for me. I found the seed of faith "enlarged my soul; and enlightened my understanding, and the fruits thereof became delicious to me. " I love the simple and plain truths taught in the Book of Mormon, which truths have helped me understand the Plan of Happiness provided by a loving and wise Heavenly Father for the benefit of all His children. Central to that Plan is the Atonement of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Professionally, I have been trained to use empirical data and the scientific method. I thankfully use that daily in my practice as a physician. However, I have learned that spiritual things are best learned by other methods. Spencer W. Kimball wrote, "One cannot know God nor understand his works or plans unless he follows the laws which govern. The spiritual realm, which is just as absolute as is the physical, cannot be understood by the laws of the physical. You do not learn to make electric generators in a seminary. Neither do you learn certain truths about spiritual things in a physics laboratory. You must go to the spiritual laboratory, use the facilities available there, and comply with the governing rules." I believe that spiritual knowledge and methods for obtaining that knowledge is as important in my life as empiracal data and the scientific method.

How I live my faith

Specifically, I serve as an assistant or counselor to the local lay clergy or Bishop. Together with another counselor we meet at least twice per week to discuss the spiritual and temporal needs of the members of the local congregation. In this capacity I meet often with the youth of our congregation and help to teach and shepherd them. In general terms, I live my faith by striving to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I strive to love my neighbor and treat all men and women as literal sons and daughters of God. I strive to show my appreciation for the God given gift of agency by honoring and respecting others ability to make their own choices. I strive to show my love and appreciation for a loving Creator by respecting His awe inspiring creations, and by worshipping and remembering Him on the Sabbath. As King Benjamin wrote, I strive to yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and put off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord. I fall short, as Paul wrote, but I am a work in progress.